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Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Rock Hyrax

R is for Rock Hyrax.

Looks like a rodent, doesn't it?  It's not, though, it's a whole nother thing.  Its closest relatives are the modern-day elephant and the manatee.  Take a minute to get your head around the idea that elephants and manatees are related to each other.

They are social and noisy and they live in rocky areas in Central Africa.  They spend a lot of time sunning themselves because they have incomplete thermoregulation, or at least that's the excuse they give.
Rock Hyraxes are not kosher, which is surprising Leviticus goes into that much detail, but they do rate a favorable mention in Proverbs, "The rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their home in the cliffs."

In addition to Rock Badgers, the Rock Hyrax are known as Rock Rabbits, Dassies, Pimbis, Peleles, Wibaris, Klipdas, and Ne'ers.  But Hyrax is the coolest name because it sounds the most like something Dr. Seuss would have come up with.

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